Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
                                                          Faithfulness - A Key Step to Happiness
Feb 19, 2012:                                 "A Bump in the Road!" 
Sun AM Worship                                          

Text: 1 Chron 13:1-14 (King James Version)       

  "Father, I am your servant, willing and desiring to be used to bless your people."

                                       The Fields are white and the laborers are few!
C.H. Spurgeon said, "If God does not save a man by truth he certainly will not save them by lies, and if the old gospel is not competent to work a revival, then we will do without the revival;"

 

1 Chronicles 13:1   And David consulted with the captains of thousands and hundreds, and with every leader.

1 Chronicles 13:2   And David said unto all the congregation of Israel, If it seem good unto you, and that it be of the LORD our God, let us send abroad unto our brethren every where, that are left in all the land of Israel, and with them also to the priests and Levites which are in their cities and suburbs, that they may gather themselves unto us:

1 Chronicles 13:3   And let us bring again the ark of our God to us: for we inquired not at it in the days of Saul.

1 Chronicles 13:4   And all the congregation said that they would do so: for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people.

1 Chronicles 13:5   So David gathered all Israel together, from Shihor of Egypt even unto the entering of Hemath, to bring the ark of God from Kirjathjearim.

1 Chronicles 13:6   And David went up, and all Israel, to Baalah, that is, to Kirjathjearim, which belonged to Judah, to bring up thence the ark of God the LORD, that dwelleth between the cherubims, whose name is called on it.

1 Chronicles 13:7   And they carried the ark of God in a new cart out of the house of Abinadab: and Uzza and Ahio drave the cart.

1 Chronicles 13:8   And David and all Israel played before God with all their might, and with singing, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets.

1 Chronicles 13:9   And when they came unto the threshingfloor of Chidon, Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark; for the oxen stumbled.

1 Chronicles 13:10   And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzza, and he smote him, because he put his hand to the ark: and there he died before God.

1 Chronicles 13:11   And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a breach upon Uzza: wherefore that place is called Perezuzza to this day.

1 Chronicles 13:12   And David was afraid of God that day, saying, How shall I bring the ark of God home to me?

1 Chronicles 13:13   So David brought not the ark home to himself to the city of David, but carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite.

1 Chronicles 13:14   And the ark of God remained with the family of Obededom in his house three months. And the LORD blessed the house of Obededom, and all that he had.

 

Let's pray. Father,  Open my eyes so I can see Your truth.

Open my ears so I can hear Your voice.
Open my mind so I can understand Your Word.
And open my heart so I may receive all that You want me to receive. AMEN

 

Our churches are getting so caught up in contemporary worship styles and fads and self help topics we have left off prophetic preaching of the fiery truths of God's Word! I think sincere America is fed up with coffee shop based churches with their interpretive dance, drama skits, and pop psychology from the pulpit. There is not much wrong with the USA that could not be readily fixed with more true preachers and fewer hirelings. The hireling tells people what they want to hear in order to draw a crowd and not offend anyone. He is not called of God, he simply chose a career.

 

When they were at the threshing floor of Kidon, the oxen stumbled and Uzzah grabbed the Chest to keep it from falling off. God erupted in anger against Uzzah and killed him because he grabbed the Chest. He died on the spot—in the presence of God. David lost his temper, angry because God exploded against Uzzah; the place is still called Perez Uzzah (Exploded Uzzah). David was terrified of God that day; he said, "How can I possibly continue this parade with the Chest of God?"

 

Israel did not seek the ark during the days of Saul. From the time that it was lost in battle until David decides to pursue the presence of God most commentaries believe it was approximately 20 years. It is an indictment against the entire nation, but the responsibility and mindset that gets them to that place is directly attributable to the king.

I want the insight of that verse to get that in your mind and spirit. The glory and tangible presence of God was absent for 20 years and no one missed it. It was out of sight and out of mind. They continued to conduct business as usual.

A Bump in the Road! Life has a way of either knocking us off course or back on course!


2 Timothy 3:10   But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,

2 Timothy 3:11   Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.

2 Timothy 3:12   Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

2 Timothy 3:13   But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

 

Psalms 34:19   Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

Psalms 34:20   He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.

 

You can be a Prodigal and not even realize your present condition!

You can be separated from the presence on the front pew and not even know it!

 

Judges 16:20   And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him.

 

Saul didn't pursue the ark "The Presence"  but he continued to be king. He continued to live in the opulence of the palace. He continued to be surrounded by blessings. He continued to dine on the finest foods and wear the most ornate clothes. He still slept between satin sheets. He gets up every day and much like we slap a ball hat on our head, he places the symbol of his authority and anointing on his brow . . . the king's crown. However, just because he wears the crown doesn't mean he is covered!


How many of us are missing the tangible reality of God's presence in our lives and we haven't missed it or noticed it? How long has it been since you pursued His presence? How long has it been since you hungered for His covering? How many weeks, months, or years have gone by since you really lived your life like it depended on Him?

Have we been living like a practical atheist. You believe in Him, but live like He doesn't exist! Saul isn't the exception he is the norm!

Saul's life teaches us that you can experience the anointing of God's Spirit, you can be called out and chosen and then you can get away from that presence and reality and continue to live a blessed life and a content life. But his life continues to teach us that the day will come that even with a crown on your head you will wake up lost, broken, and destroyed. Sin will bring pleasure but only for a season. You can sit here and say I can do it on my own. You can declare that I don't need God and the truth is you can make it for a while.

It is time to look past the sparkle of that crown and realize that if there is no ark there is no anointing. You can go about business as usual. You can live your life like everything is perfect. However, you have to examine your life because you can make it without pursuit the ark and be blessed, but you can't stay there. There will be a day when the blessings will end if there is no presence of God to sustain it.

You say Pastor that was the old covenant we are in the new and does not apply to us!

I beg to differ! If you are professing you better be living!

 

Acts 19:11   And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:

Acts 19:12   So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.

Acts 19:13   Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.

Acts 19:14   And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.

Acts 19:15   And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?

Acts 19:16   And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

Acts 19:17   And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.

Acts 19:18   And many that believed came, and confessed, and showed their deeds.

Acts 19:19   Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.

Acts 19:20   So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.

 

He is still the very same Holy God!

 

It is rumored that less than ten percent of the people, who call themselves a Christian, are actually in an active battle with Satan. In fact, I would imagine Satan views most Christians in the United States as nothing more than a field mouse he can play with and eventually destroy at his leisure.

Christians building on the foundation of Jesus Christ with wood, hay and stubble are a minor irritation to Satan. Christians, on the other hand, who are building with gold, silver and precious stone, are another story. They are a constant reminder of what he has lost. When Jesus Christ arose from the dead His kingdom was established and Satan knew the time he had left was short. He had to know because a loud voice shouted across the heavens: "It has come at last— salvation and power and the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters has been thrown down to earth— the one who accuses them before our God day and night. And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die. Therefore, rejoice, O heavens! And you who live in the heavens, rejoice! But terror will come on the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to you in great anger, knowing that he has little time." (Revelation 12:10-12) Satan knows that it is over for him; but in the time that he has left, he will do everything he can to destroy as much of God's creation as he can: especially humans who actively serve Jesus Christ.

 

I declare to you now, if you have seldom felt the blows of Satan on your shield it is because you have seldom stood up for Jesus. Those who are lost and dying already belong to Satan and he plays with them at his leisure. Immature Christians who seldom read scripture, take little interest in fellowship and never proclaim the Lordship of Jesus hardly interest Satan at all. But, those who study the word of God, and boldly live a Christian lifestyle, bring bitter bile up from Satan's gut; and it nearly strangles him. Satan hates, with the furry of hell, every Christian who is building on the foundation of Christ with gold silver and precious stones. He seems to generally ignore those who are no threat to his kingdom. That is probably why pulpit-hugging, pabulum-spewing, spiritual-idiots do not see Satan as an active threat.

 Most of us have an encounter with God and then walk away from the encounter to never check back in. I know you were blessed back then! I know you had chill bumps back then. I know your world looked brighter and you had a spring in your step and song in your heart back then, but what about now? Are you still trying to live on something that happened 20 years ago? Is that one crowning moment enough? Does that one crowning moment in His presence cover you now! I would submit that we need to go back and pursue His presence. I would submit that the altar time you had 15 years ago, 15 months ago, 15 weeks ago, or even 15 days ago isn't supposed to be the last time you run after Him! Are we living on the dregs of days gone by?

 

By the way David reveals that it takes everyone to bring the glory back! Even the king can't bring it back by himself. It is a joint effort! It requires teamwork and corporate desire. One man or one woman can call us to the desire, but it takes a group of people to make up their minds and hearts to pull on God!

B. Applause doesn't equal approval.
David hasn't sought the mind of God. He is just doing what he wants to do the way he wants to do it. All the time the cart is carrying the ark the Word says the people were celebrating, dancing, singing, playing instruments, slapping each other on the back, and giving each other high fives. However, just because everyone was excited and clapped didn't mean that everything was O.K. or in order.

I have a word for someone today. Just because everyone is slapping you on the back, clapping for you and telling you that you are the best Christian they know doesn't mean that everything is in order. Some of you believe the hype and you mistake man's approval for God's. If you are not careful, people will clap you right into a catastrophe! Some of you are leading the parade but you are devoid of His presence or approval. A lot of the time all the applause means is that someone has learned to play the game and that they haven't hit a bump yet! Applause speaks to talent. Approval goes deep to character!

C. Easy doesn't equal right!
David took the path of least resistance. He did what was easy. It had worked for others! He was a copy cat. A cart must be OK because it worked for them! However, easy doesn't equal right!

Too many of us do the same thing. We see others live a certain way and it works so we just buy in without even checking to see if it is right. They lived together and then got married and it worked out OK. Must be right. They cheated on their taxes. They didn't pay tithes and they seem to prosper. They don't really work hard at the office!

You may be doing what is easy . . . but are you doing what is right? Our society has taught us that easy equals right. That isn't always true. It may be easy to leave the work of this marriage for the excitement of that other relationship, but that doesn't make it right! It may be easy to lay that credit card on the counter, but that doesn't make it right. It may be easy to avoid confrontation, but that doesn't make it right. Walking upright isn't always easy.

Time after time in the Old Testament, when describing Kings that were blessed by God, Scripture says they did what was right in the eyes of God! It doesn't say they did what was easy. In fact, it usually says they did right in the eyes of God after they have done something difficult like tear down their father's idols! Moses' instructions to Israel as they approach the Promised Land is punctuated by a call to do what is right in the sight of God.

Society will celebrate you for finding the easy way. God blesses you based on doing the right thing!